By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has acquired Piers Phillips to serve as the team’s president.
The Briton joins the team after serving as team manager for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports from 2016-18. His 15+ year career spans a variety of racing disciplines and has worked with some prominent outfits including Level 5 Motorsports, Impact Engineering Solutions, Strakka Racing, SEAT Sport UK and Fred Goddard F3.
He will oversee all racing programs at RLL, including the team’s IndyCar Series two-car team of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato, the team’s pair of BMW M8 GTEs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and their two car effort in the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series.
Bobby Rahal, team owner of RLL, noted that Phillips’ vast racing experience made him a natural choice for the team.
“Mike, Dave and I are pleased that Piers is joining the team as its first-ever president,” said Rahal. “His past successes speak volumes of his ability in all facets of racing and I look forward to working closely with Piers to take the team to the next level.”
Phillips echoed Rahal’s thoughts and is eager to utilize his skills on all of the team’s fronts.
“I was incredibly honored to be approached by Bobby about this opportunity given his experience, success and stature,” he said. “From the moment I sat down with him to discuss this role, I just fell in love with his passion, drive, and enthusiasm to continue the already impressive accomplishments that RLL has achieved as well as his desire to take the team even further in the future. He is an infectious character that I think I will thoroughly enjoy working with.
“I also spent some time with Mike Lanigan in Chicago and was equally impressed with his attitude and approach. To be involved at this level with not only the Indy car program, but also the sports car program and eTROPHY was a very easy decision for me and one that I know I will thoroughly enjoy.”